Get set for Day in the Park

End-of-summer fun fest on Aug. 23 filled with activities

One of the last chances to catch up with what’s left of summer comes on Aug. 23.

Ponoka’s fifth annual Day in the Park will take over Lions Centennial Park from 1 to 10:30 p.m. with a whole host of activities for everyone.

For the children, there will be bouncy castles as well as a variety of games, the always fun face painting and featuring the return of bubble soccer — all which runs until 5 p.m.

Ever wanted to give Mayor Rick Bonnett a good soaking?

The public will get that chance between 4 and 6 p.m. with the Dunk Tank Community Challenge. Alongside Bonnett will be various community volunteers willing to take a dip for a good cause.

Volunteers from Home Hardware and others from the community will be serving up the annual free community barbecue, which will start at 5 p.m. and run until 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, as people enjoy their food, they can catch local band Tap 9’s performance from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Centennial Park stage. Tap 9, having performed across Canada and the U.S., is a little bit country and a lot of modern day classic rock and roll.

“Day in the Park is a fantastic summer celebration for the citizens of Ponoka to enjoy. It also attracts many people from other communities,” said Bonnett.

“We’ll be offering a whole new slate of children’s games. There will be more bouncy castles than ever, and the free community barbecue along with live music on the main stage, followed by the free outdoor movie and fireworks are always a big hit.”

This year’s featured film, which spawned a video game and TV series, is How to Train Your Dragon.

Be sure to drag out the lawn chairs and possibly some blankets to catch this 2010 computer animated movie loosely based on the book. The free popcorn will be doled out just before the screening begins at 8:30 p.m.

Lastly, the day concludes around 10:30 p.m. with some fireworks over the river valley and downtown.

“I would like to thank all of our sponsors and volunteers who help make the annual Day in the Park festival a huge success every year,” added Bonnett.

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Getting some face painting will be one of the various activities available during Ponoka’s annual Day in the Park celebration slated for Aug. 23 at Lions Centennial Park. File photo

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